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Study shows that assessment at hospital admission reduces the risk of malnutrition

17 de Agosto de 2016
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Being malnutrition more frequent in hospitals and in elderly people, malnutrition assessment at hospital admission is particularly important to signal and to intervene early in order to decrease malnutrition cases.

Aware of this fact, Inês Ramião developed the investigation project “Undernutrition of a Hospitalized Elderly Sample in a Central Hospital”, in the context of her degree, conducting proof on the past 27 of july, at Porto University Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences.

The research is based on the data correspondent to a sample of Qualife+ project, supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, within the Program of Public Health Initiatives of Administração Central do Sistema de Saúde, IP (ACSS).

By Silvia Pinhão guidance, and cooriented by Bruno Oliveira, the investigators concluded that, accordingly to the results obtained, there is a high prevalence of malnutrition at the moment of hospital admission. That said, they point that there should be protocol procedures for assessing and intervening nutritionally that include the evaluation of BMI and albumin.

For this study, there were assessed 78,4% of 1322 patients, according to the Mini Nutritional Assessment Short Form (MNA-SF), 68,3% in risk of malnutrition or malnourished. Patients at risk of undernutrition or undernutrition had a longer period of hospital stay and higher frequency of death.

 

For more informations you can read the full study in the following repository.